Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Complicated Shadows

















Another portrait of my cousin Keith Knost , made from another old photograph while listening to a new CD - a great mix put together by my daughter-in-law, Tracey, for my birthday, which includes this...

11 comments:

Deborah Ross said...

Wow, such cool pictures...love the way you superimposed the faces. And your process, thanks for letting us see that. I'm always fascinated by other artists' processes. You have really caught his...what? essence? His eyes are the key and you nailed them.

Susan Beauchemin said...

Wow, you got right back to work! Looks Good!

Anonymous said...

Martha, this has to be my favorite portrait. You really have captured the soul of Keith and all the future in his eyes. It's like this snapshot held some weird foreshadowing and you painted the sorrow he would come to know. Our lives hold so many truths before we even know them. It makes me want to know this man. He'll love this work!

~Cindy

Martha Miller said...

Thankyou, Deborah! I am still grappling with this whole working from photo thing, so to hear that I caught his essence is very important to me...

Martha Miller said...

Thanks, Sue! I WISH WE LIVED CLOSER!!!

Martha Miller said...

Oh, Thankyou, Cindy! I fully agree with you that our lives hold truths before we know them...xox

Sara Beth said...

WOW, your work is amazing! Thank you for sharing! :)

Dean Grey said...

Martha!

Fabulous shots, as always.

I love the one of your cat clawing at the screen! LOL

This portrait looks great! A wonderful illustrative feel to it.

I love the colors. Not only the dingy yellows in his hair but the wonderful greens in the background too.

Was this done entirely in oils?

-Dean

Martha Miller said...

Thankyou, Sara Beth! And thanks for dropping in!

Martha Miller said...

Hi Dean!

Thankyou again for your great feedback! You are such a sweetie! This drawing was started with an oil and turp wash, then built up with pastels. It's on Rives BFK, a printmaking paper that can take oils. I really love to start my drawings with a fluid line, but I don't always start that way...

Emma said...

WOW!

These are sooo amazing and really capture the spirit of the man, I am envious of your talent :-)